BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has approved an ordinance to increase reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) from 14 per cent to 27 per cent.
This ordinance is as an effort by the Congress government in the state to gather support of the OBCs ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
News agency PTI, quoting government officials, said the Kamal Nath government chose the ordinance to ensure its implementation before the Lok Sabha poll model code of conduct comes into effect.
With this, Madhya Pradesh is possibly the only state in the country to have 27 per cent quota for OBCs, they said.
OBCs in the state have voted been loyal to the BJP since Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was the longest-serving chief minister of the state, is from the community.
The Bharatiy Janatha Party has won more than 50 per cent of OBC votes in the 2018 Assembly polls,even though they fell short of five seats and finally got 109 seats against the Congress’ 114 in the 230-member House.
At present the BJP holds 26 of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the Congress has the rest.